Chiefly Scot. pleasing to the eye; handsome; pretty.
(of people) healthy, sweet, and lively.
(of places) placid; tranquil.
pleasing; agreeable; good.
British Dialect. pleasingly; agreeably; very well.
Scot. and North England Archaic. a pretty girl or young woman.
- bon·ni·ly, adverb
- bon·ni·ness, noun
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How to use bonny in a sentence
bonny Island in Nigeria and St. Michael's in Maryland had much in common in colonial times.
As if within her bonny smile and unshrinking friendliness he beheld something new and wonderfully beautiful.Dorothy at Skyrie | Evelyn Raymond
Of course, yes—Maxwelton's braes are bonny—um—um—um—um—um—yes, oh yes.A Forest Hearth: A Romance of Indiana in the Thirties | Charles Major
"Five years in and out of the desk, in and out of his pocket—but all so nice and unsoiled and sweet and bonny inside," she added.You Never Know Your Luck, Complete | Gilbert Parker
Laith will the lassie be to weet her bonny shoon, but lang ere the play'll be ower she'll wat her hat aboon.Penelope's Experiences in Scotland | Kate Douglas Wiggin
Child Stig to the health of his bonny bride quaffed, And forest and meadow delightedly laughed.The Songs of Ranild | Anonymous
British Dictionary definitions for bonny (1 of 2)
Scot and Northern English dialect beautiful or handsome: a bonny lass
merry or lively: a bonny family
good or fine: a bonny house
(esp of babies) plump
Scot and Northern English dialect considerable; to be reckoned with: cost a bonny penny
informal agreeably or well: to speak bonny
- bonnily, adverb
British Dictionary definitions for Bonny (2 of 2)
Bight of Bonny a wide bay at the E end of the Gulf of Guinea off the coasts of Nigeria and Cameroon: Former name (until 1975): Bight of Biafra
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